John Collins

Wednesday’s six-game slate is limited for value, but still deep enough to construct a decent lineup — pending injury news leading up to lock. Here’s your cheat sheet by position:

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Point Guard

Target worth paying up for: Trae Young ($10,400) vs. NYK (9th)

Young’s coming off 61.5 DKFP in a similar matchup against the Hornets, but he has taken it to another level against the Knicks this season. In two games, he’s averaging 67.4 DKFP and is both the safest and highest upside PG play on the slate.

Best value: Mike Conley ($5,500) at OKC (19th)

There isn’t any deep PG value available, but Conley’s been on a solid stretch lately. His role in the rotation was once up in the air, but Conley’s consistently playing 30-plus minutes now. Since Friday, it’s resulted in 33-DKFP and 43-DKFP games.

Positional Strategy

The lack of value at PG means I’ll either be paying up for just one, or doubling down on pricey plays. My only concern with Luka Doncic ($11,000) is his salary jump against a solid Denver defense. Luka has shot much worse on the second night of back-to-backs.

Shooting Guard

Target worth paying up for: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander ($6,300) vs. UTA (16th)

SGA is expected to return from a hip injury that’s held him out since Friday, but that gets us a discount on a very reliable, very versatile play. SGA was $7,500 to end last month, and he has scored at least 33 DKFP in each of his last three contests — including one in just 22 minutes.

Best Value: Tyler Herro ($3,300) vs. CHA (25th)

Herro’s been out since the beginning of February with a foot injury, but practiced yesterday, and could suit up for this one. He’ll almost certainly be restricted, but this is a pure value play. Herro was $5,200 just three games before he got injured. Plenty of upside for the near minimum.

Positional Strategy

SG is a value position, which allows us to pay up for multiple PGs. Plays like SGA and Herro give us good value with them returning from injury.

Small Forward

Target worth paying up for: Danilo Gallinari ($5,900) vs. UTA (3rd)

Without any real SF stud worth paying up for, I think a fairly priced Gallo is a good spot to look. This is a play for under $6,000 with 30-40 DKFP upside, evident by his 35.25 DKFP in just 28 minutes against Utah earlier in the season. The Jazz are overrated defensively, and worth targeting against when players are underpriced — like Gallo and SGA.

Best Value: Buddy Hield ($5,400) vs. NOP (28th)

Hield is another underpriced play, even in his bench role. He’s still essentially reached 30 DKFP in three of his last four games, and he gets a matchup against a Pelicans squad that’s not great against SF in a game with a high total. Hield touched the Pels for 47.5 DKFP earlier in the season.

Positional Strategy

SF is another position where I’m really not looking to burn much salary. The wing positions should be used to jam in your value on this slate. SG/SF doesn’t have any must-plays.

Power Forward

Target worth paying up for: John Collins ($9,100) vs. NYK (27th)

Collins should play through an ankle injury, in a matchup he dominated earlier in the year. He went off for over 60 DKFP against New York, although the game went to OT. He’s been a consistent 45-plus DKFP of late, and the matchup is there.

Best value: Thon Maker ($3,100) at PHI (3rd)

John Henson (ankle) is out, which means Maker will fall into some extra minutes for the thin Pistons. Christian Wood ($8,100) will be a popular play to pay up for, but Maker could be one of the most heavily used values on the slate. He should be worth the free square.

Positional Strategy

PF finally gives us some real options to pay up for, but also some legitimate value. This is a key position to build around at different price points.


Target worth paying up for: Bam Adebayo ($9,000) vs. CHA (28th)

Bam is in a terrific spot on this slate. He’s coming off a 54.5-DKFP game against the Wizards, and even with his salary up, he should be worth paying for. The Heat have a long injury report, and he could wind up shorthanded in this one. Charlotte has been dreadful defending bigs — Bam scored 46.75 DKFP in 34 minutes against them earlier in the season.

Best value: Bobby Portis ($4,200) at ATL (17th)

Portis worked for us last night, and we’re going right back to him. Portis dropped 37 DKFP on the Wizards in 27 minutes on Tuesday, and he is in a similar spot here against Atlanta. Portis is averaging over 1.3 DKFP per minute against the Hawks this season.

Positional Strategy

You could consider paying for multiple centers. Others are in good spots, but Bam is by far the highlight.

Key news to monitor on DK Live:


Joel Embiid (shoulder)
John Collins (ankle)
Jimmy Butler (toe)
Rudy Gobert (illness)
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (hip)
Kevin Huerter (groin)
Bruce Brown (ankle)
Kendrick Nunn (illness)
Tyler Herro (foot)


Jae Crowder (concussion)



Kristaps Porzingis (rest)
Seth Curry (ankle)
John Henson (ankle)
DeAndre Bembry (abdomen)

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